Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mesothelioma and the Law

Over recent years, we have seen many multi-million dollar compensation payouts to victims of mesothelioma, the asbestos exposure related cancer. This is a relatively new disease, both in terms of medical and legal awareness, and sufferers of mesothelioma are finding that they are entitled to a hefty compensation in many cases. And to help these victims get their dues, many lawyers and law firms have been trained and set up to deal with mesothelioma claims in order to get mesothelioma sufferers the compensation to which they are entitled.

Why are mesothelioma victims entitled to compensation? Well, most cancers not the fault of an outsider. Heavy smokers may get cancer through smoking, which is their own choice. Other types of cancer, such as breast, cervical and prostate are not anybody’s fault, although vigilance and regular check ups can help to identify these caners early on and therefore treat them effectively. However, mesothelioma is a totally different type of cancer. This is a cancer that could have been prevented, and it is the fault of outsiders – namely the irresponsible firms that made no efforts to protect their workers against the hazards of working with asbestos. You see, mesothelioma is the result of regular exposure the asbestos dust and fibres, which are ingested into the system and corrupt the cells of the protective lining that surround major organs – the mesothelium. The cancer lies dormant for many decades, and victims do not realise until thirty or forty years later that they have the disease. By the time tests have been done and a diagnosis has been made, it is often too late to do anything constructive about it, and the patient is left with just a short time to live – typically 4-24 months.

These mesothelioma lawyers are here to help victims of mesothelioma to get cold, hard cash from the companies responsible for their doomed fate. This compensation will help to cover medical expenses and pain and suffering. But, perhaps most importantly, it helps to provide financial stability and security for the victim’s loved ones after he or she has passed away.

The payouts for mesothelioma lawsuits have run from hundreds of thousands of dollars, to multi-million dollars. But the mesothelioma sufferer must ensure that the chances of success are optimised by seeking legal advice and assistance as soon as the diagnosis has been confirmed. Most states only provide a certain time within which you can file a mesothelioma lawsuit, so it is vital that you do this immediately. Your lawyer will also need the extra time to put your case together and carry out any necessary research. Time is of the essence where mesothelioma lawsuits are concerned, and just a few days could make the difference between financial security for your family and no compensation at all.

If you are concerned about not having any money up-front to pay for legal costs, don’t be. The vast majority of mesothelioma lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that they do not take any money from you up-front. And if your case is unsuccessful they will not take any money from you at all. You only have to pay the lawyer if and when you receive compensation. Your lawyer will then be entitled to a percentage of the compensation. And, although the cut to which the lawyer is entitled can seem high – generally around the 35% mark – it does mean that you don’t have to worry about paying in order to file for compensation and you have nothing to lose if you don’t get any compensation.
Your mesothelioma lawyer will also be able to give you support and advice with regards to your illness. The experienced mesothelioma lawyers have already built up a network of contacts within the field; not only for legal support but for all types of support and advice. This network means that your lawyer can process your claim more quickly than a lawyer who has little or no knowledge or experience in dealing with mesothelioma lawsuits. The experienced lawyer will also be able to point you in the right direction for additional support services and support groups.


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